Kyoko Onishi – Yuzen Japanese Paper Art Exhibition
Friday, May 3 through Thursday, May 30
Opening Reception: Friday, May 3 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Kaede Kimono Sales and Rental – 246 W. 38th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), Room #1102
Kaede Kimonos, in collaboration with Mar Creation, presents their first Artist Showcase. It will feature Yuzen Japanese paper kimono art by Kyoko Onishi.
Yuzen Japanese Paper
Established in the late 17th century, Yuzen is a paste-resist technique of dyeing used in the production of kimono. The technique is known for its bold patterns, intense colors, and use of gold. Eventually, the traditional patterns were printed with woodblocks onto strong and durable washi paper. In this exhibition Kyoko Onishi’s three-dimensional works devise obi ties in harmony with the colors and patterns of kimonos and incorporates the swings and movements of Japanese dance into its design.
A Japanese language teacher, a Japanese dance teacher, and a kimono consultant, Onishi has been involved in stage costumes and photography for many years in New York. She became fascinated by Yuzen Japanese paper and designed the first Kimono gift card in 2000. Since then, she uses Yuzen to design and handcraft decorations.
Kaede Kimonos is a fashion consultancy based in the Garment District dealing with Japanese kimonos in New York. The organization sells, rents, and dresses people in kimono and offers photo shoots. Kaede holds events related to Japanese culture and classes about how to wear the official garment of Japan.